Fall 2018 Exhibitions and Programs


Aug 30 – Dec 30, 2018


Exhibitions

2018–19 Visual and Environmental Studies Visiting Faculty 
August 30 – September 23, 2018
Level 1

The exhibition presents work by six new visiting faculty members in the Visual and Environmental Studies department, each engaged with varied approaches to painting, photography, and the moving image: Sonia Almeida, Ei Arakawa, Lisa Crafts, Andy Graydon, Carissa Rodriguez and Suné Woods

Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America
September 13 – December 30, 2018
Level 3, Sert Gallery

Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America is an exhibition of photographs made during the lifetime of James Baldwin (1924–1987). It works to visualize and explore the places, the personal, and historical events that framed Baldwin’s life and themes in his writing, including: the history of racism and the role of race in American history and life, sexuality, personal transformation, family, music, religion, violence, and the function of the artist in society and art, and social change.

Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
October 18 – December 30, 2018
Level 3, 1, 0
Also on view at: MIT List Visual Arts Center, October 18, 2018–January 6, 2019

Throughout his six-decade career, Tony Conrad (American, 1940–2016) forged his own path through numerous artistic movements, from Fluxus to the Pictures Generation and beyond. Although he was best known for his pioneering contributions to both minimal music and structural film in the 1960s, his work helped define a vast range of culture, including rock music and public television. Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first large-scale museum survey devoted to artworks Conrad presented in museum and gallery settings, is part of an ongoing reappraisal of his creative achievement.


Programs and Events

Reception: Fall Exhibitions  
2018-19 Visual and Environmental Studies Visiting Faculty  
Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America

Thursday, September 13, 5:30–7:30 pm
Levels 1 + 3

Curatorial Walkthrough: Makeda Best
Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America
Thursday, September 13, 6 pm
Level 3

Curator Talk: Art & Dialogue with Alex Klein
Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE60) Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, September 20, 6 pm 
Level 3, Bookshop

In collaboration with Artadia

Artist Talk: Raúl de Nieves
Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm
Level 3, Bookshop

In collaboration with Goodman Taft

Artist Talk: Ali Cherri
Thursday, September 27, 6 pm
Level 3, Bookshop

In collaboration with Harvard Film Archives and Film Study Center

Screening: Ali Cherri
Friday, September 28, 7 pm
Level 0, Lecture Hall

In collaboration with Harvard Film Archives and Film Study Center

Curator Talk: Makeda Best and Barbara Norfleet with Dan Byers
In conjunction with Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America
Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm
Level 0, Lecture Hall

Reception: Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
Wednesday, October 17, 5:30–8 pm
5:30–7:30 pm at MIT List Visual Arts Center
6:30–8 pm at CCVA

In collaboration with MIT List Visual Arts Center

Screening: Tony Conrad Films
In conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
Friday, October 19,  7 + 9  pm 
7 pm: A program of Conrad's classic 16mm films, including his legendary The Flicker (1965, 30 min.)
9 pm: Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016, Tyler Hubby, 102 min.)
Harvard Film Archive, Level 0

In collaboration with Harvard Film Archives

Screening + Reading: Cecilia Vicuña: Cinepoetics
Thursday, October 25, 6 pm
Level 0, Lecture Hall

In collaboration with Woodberry Poetry Room

Curatorial Walkthrough: Henriette Huldisch and Dan Byers
In conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective 
Friday, October 26, 12–2 pm
Both locations: MIT List & CCVA

In collaboration with MIT List Visual Arts Center

In Response: Students Perform Responses to Tony Conrad’s works
In conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
Tuesday, October 30,  7:30  pm 
Level 3, Bookshop

In collaboration with Claire Chase, Harvard University Music Dept. Professor of the Practice + Neil Leonard, Artistic Director of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute

Screening: Tony Conrad Video Work
In conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
Friday, November 16, 7 pm  + Friday, November 30, 7 pm
Harvard Film Archive, Level 0

A two part program of Conrad's pioneering video work. In collaboration with Harvard Film Archives.

Sound Performance: Henry Flynt, Lary 7, and Damon & Naomi
In conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective
Saturday, December 1, 7 pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center

In collaboration with MIT List Visual Arts Center + Non-Event


All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For more details and up-to-date information, sign up for the mailing list